I have never felted anything before. It's not because I haven't wanted to try, but I never wanted to badly enough to pay $2 at my apartment building's laundry room to run one thing through the wash. I recently moved however, and my new place has a washer/dryer. (I'm still giddy with excitement over doing laundry for free whenever I want. Sometimes I wash one pair of jeans and leave them in the dryer for hours after the cycle is done just because I can).
In the midst of this exciting new laundry situation, I happened upon the felted wine bottle bag in Patons' Classic Holidays book and decided to have a go at felting. I followed the instructions that were in the back of the pattern book and, voila -
Felt! I probably should have checked on it halfway through the wash cycle, as it's a little more felted than I would like, but I think it turned out ok. Since I had so many issues with holes in the striped wine bottle cover I did previously, I kept the striping to a minimum and decorated the solid block of color with fun buttons. (I thought about doing a snowflake design in white on the purple section, but was unsure how that would turn out after felting). Instead of making the twisted cord for handles I used some ribbon.
A note about reading patterns the whole way through - I did the decreases on the bottom of the bag entirely wrong, following instructions for version A instead of felted version B like I was supposed to. Oops. The resulting bag bottom is much rounder than it should be due to the quicker decreases (over 9 rounds instead of 16 rounds as called for). Will we knitters ever learn this lesson? Maybe. Ok, probably not.